Afternoon Tea: The Grand Hotel & Spa, York

Last weekend we took the long awaited but short trip up from Sheffield to York. Falling on the day that the city was voted the best place to live in the UK, we wandered the famous Shambles and visited the beautiful Minster – but you can read all about that in our upcoming travel post.

We were encouraged to finally visit by my, James’ parents who bought us both a voucher for Afternoon Tea at what is perhaps the finest setting within the city’s walls. The Grand Hotel is just a few minutes walk away from the main train station and when we were greeted by a top-hatted fellow at the impressive entrance, we were having flashbacks of our first Afternoon Tea experience together at The Grosvenor Hotel in Chester.

Their food offering is traditional but elaborate, and a feast for the eyes as well as the taste-buds. Starting things off in the best way possible with a hot fennel and cranberry sausage roll, we moved on to the delightful finger sandwiches consisting of the classic smoked salmon and crème fraiche to cucumber and chive cream cheese.

Making our way up through this magnificent tower of food, the mix of plain and fruit scones with a selection of jams and clotted cream were wrapped in serviettes to keep warm, and were complete melt in the mouth perfection.

As always, the top tier stole the limelight of a wonderful experience. It did the simple things well, and the unique aspects extraordinarily. The raspberry cupcake was soft and of incredible flavour, and the passion fruit meringue pie will certainly live long in the memory.

With a live acoustic guitar session accompanying quiet chatter and a mesmerising Afternoon Tea to start to our time here in York, it is something that simply can’t be missed if you want to experience the very best.

Food: ★★★★★

Customer service: ★★★★★

Atmosphere: ★★★★★

Toilets: ★★★★

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  1. Mary Lane @NewYorkCliche
    March 22, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Oh my, I always adore the look of afternoon tea! The tower of plates and adorable bite-sized tastes – this looks so good and has me wanting to go RIGHT NOW!

    • Food and Baker
      April 4, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      We love a good afternoon tea and this one was very nice! We'd love to go back!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. MJ Mwenebungu
    March 22, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    The food looks absolutely amazing! It's a shame l live all the way up in Scotland! I'm adding this to my tO-GO list for sure. Thanks for this Jessica and James!MJ xwww.beeingyou.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      April 4, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Def a reason to come down and visit this beautiful city!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. What Corinne Did
    March 22, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    I have never been to an actual afternoon tea but after reading your post, that is something i definitely need to do! the food looks so yummy too! xx corinne

    • Food and Baker
      April 4, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      How have you not? We love afternoon tea, makes us feel so fancy and is such a great treat!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. ACupofWonderland
    March 22, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    I'm ashamed to say that I live in York and actually just haven't noticed this place at all, paid no attention to it really. But now I think next time I pass I will have to have a look in. acupofwonderland.com

    • Food and Baker
      April 4, 2018 / 8:36 pm

      Oh my, you must have! it's such a beautiful hotel, so hard to miss! Defo treat yourself!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. Hanna Mai
    March 22, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    Great post! This food looks delicious

    • Food and Baker
      April 4, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      The food was delicious, we'd defo go back!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. Anonymous
    March 22, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    Wow I've always wanted to go for afternoon tea. It always looks so elegant and proper. If I ever visit York, I'll be sure to give this place a try, it looks amazing!

    • Food and Baker
      April 4, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      We always feel so fancy when go for afternoon tea! Please do, you'd love it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. Melanie Fraser
    March 22, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    I recently visited York for the first time and fell in love with it and really want to return soon. This afternoon tea looks fabulous and I may well suggest it to my friends the next time we head there for a girlie day. Great post 😃Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • Food and Baker
      April 4, 2018 / 8:45 pm

      Oooh hope you get to go and let us know! We'd love to know what you think!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  8. Nancy
    March 23, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    I LOVE the setup of afternoon tea! You get to try out a lot of finger food! Glad you enjoyed your time there and ate delicious treats! Thanks for sharing your experience :).exquisitely.me

    • Food and Baker
      April 4, 2018 / 8:46 pm

      It was a great experience and we simply adore afternoon tea!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  9. Sam Macaree
    March 30, 2018 / 11:44 am


    • Food and Baker
      April 4, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you for joining our Easter egg hunt☺️💕

  10. abbeylouisarose
    March 30, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    Wow, the decor here is something special, I bet this place has a lovely ambience! I’ve been to York a couple of times now, once in summer and once in winter, and both times it was thoroughly enjoyable! Looks like I need to visit again though to check out this place – the mix of traditional and elaborate sounds wonderful to me!#FBegghuntAbbey 💛 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      April 4, 2018 / 8:48 pm

      It was definitely a fancy location! We'd love to go back and visit York again when it's a bit warmer!Thank you for reading, commenting and going our Easter egg hunt☺️💕

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